Call of Duty: World at War This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

November 30, 2008
Hoping to expand on the success of Infinity Ward’s “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” Treyarch has continued the series with “Call of Duty: World at War.” The WWII shooter game setting is overused, but somehow Treyarch made it fresh. They accomplished this through refining ­Infinity Ward’s features, such as the online ranking system and multiplayer, moving the theatre of the battles, and ­introducing some amazing new features.

What I Loved

Detail: Every room you enter in the campaign has something new to look at, without any that are empty or repeated. This shows the effort the creators put into making this game realistic and how much they respect the series and the gamers.

Scale: Certain battles are huge; for example, the Blood and Iron level will blow you away with its size and the number of people shooting at you. This complexity takes time and effort to develop, not like simply placing 42 troopers throughout a level and letting them go. They programmed each individual trooper’s interactions with his environment and the player as he progresses through the game.

New Settings: The past Call of Duty games (except “Modern Warfare”) were set during World War II. Once again, the series travels back in time but introduces a new setting: the Pacific Theatre. This game shows the struggles the U.S. Marines had against the Imper­ial Army of Japan. It makes for a fresh setting and fresh tactics, as you have to deal with a ­severely entrenched Japanese Army that has no qualms about rushing at you headfirst.

Cut Scenes: These scenes ­between missions are amazing, showing a beautiful version of the experiences of troops, and how the mission is progressing. Actual video of the war is ­included, which is sometimes gruesome but connects you to the real history.

Realistic Deaths: When it comes to video games, I’m all about realism, and this game delivers. The gory effects make it even more jarring and realistic.

Multiplayer: Once again “Call of Duty” delivers with multiplayer. All Treyarch really did was update Infinity Ward’s version, but it’s still amazing. It encourages players to improve in order to unlock better guns. Treyarch added a plethora of new perks, weapons, and great game maps.

What I Hated

Enemy AI: AI, or artificial ­intelligence, is a major selling point in games today, and although Treyarch throws a lot of bad guys at you, they are about the stupidest bunch I’ve ever seen. The Banzai troops’ sole job is to run right at you, even though you can’t be attacked by more than one. So there are times when they’ll run past all of the troops in front of you and when they get to you, one will attack and the rest just keep running. Also some enemy soldiers don’t even shoot you when you get close to them.

Storytelling: Despite the scale, detail, and cut scenes, the story isn’t all there. The character you play is never given a face or a personality, perhaps in the hope that you’ll see yourself as him, but that doesn’t happen. The story is also very scripted, and parts are predictable if you have played a Call of Duty game before. Despite Trey­arch’s attempts to realistically represent this horrible war that taxed all nations, you don’t ­fully connect to it.

I rate it 8.5 out of 10.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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NJacobY said...
May 12, 2017 at 5:39 pm
This review is one of the better ones out there.
Solarr said...
Jan. 3, 2017 at 10:11 am
it is one of the best cods ever created
ThePhantomDerper said...
Apr. 26, 2016 at 8:47 am
World at War was one of my most favorite Call of Dutys that I have ever played. It was my first Call of Duty, but not my oldest.
deerkill12 said...
Oct. 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm
I love this game so much. but i think that it is to eazy i beat it in an hour and the i had nuthing to do
LionsBlue said...
Nov. 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm
Get the new call of duty ghost
gremlin replied...
Apr. 11, 2016 at 9:52 am
I personaly liked the original ghosts. many people did not like it because it was to much like real life, but I like that factor in the game
wolverines said...
Feb. 21, 2013 at 4:01 pm
I loved the the story line because of the and the realistic affects like blowing someones legs off.
bJorn This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
May 16, 2013 at 11:52 am
what do exploding heads have to do with a story plot?
MADavis This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm
lies and why would you say that xbox for life
Xbox920 said...
Jan. 15, 2013 at 4:06 pm
It's a good review and personally Call of Duty rules!!
sallysunshine said...
Sept. 21, 2012 at 9:26 am
I love call of duty world at war in my opinin it is 500 times better on ps3 than x-box 360.
guner said...
Sept. 21, 2012 at 9:17 am
This is a cool game and I to like to play the nazi zomdies.
BigBallaJohnathanW said...
May 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm
But this game is old im ready for black ops 2 to come out
rebeckabear said...
Mar. 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm
i love this game i could play it all day even though i am a girl i love to, play this
BigBallaJohnathanW replied...
May 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm
what part do u like the most rebecka i like to play the nazi zombies
BigBallaJohnathanW replied...
May 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm
what part do u like the most rebecka i like to play the nazi zombies
rebeckabear replied...
May 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm

i love all of it because i get to shoot people. i also get to make things explode


joseph said...
Feb. 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm
I posted a comment  ha ha ha ah ha ha ha ha
mr who cares? said...
Jan. 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm
nazi zombies is scary awsome
DylanWeaver said...
Dec. 19, 2011 at 1:42 pm
this was a very exiting gam when i hit 12th persitge i was quite happy
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